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The Death of WoW

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I don't know if anybody here is a World of Warcraft fan.  I played for 6ish years, just quit recently, and I'm not quite over the withdraw pains.  I wish I still played but I know that quitting was the right thing to do.

Anybody interested in talking about it?

 

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I played WoW from just before Burning Crusade until the very end of Pandaria. I started off with a Warrior toon, soon ditched him for a Warlock because Warriors sucked at solo adventuring (back then) and eventually ditched the Warlock for a Death Knight when Wrath of the Lich King came out. The Death Knight (a female forsaken called Invernalia, which is Spanish for Winterfell), became my main (and only, as I never kept up with more than one toon).

 

I sunk a lot of hours into the game (there was a way of seeing how many, but I think I'd rather not know...). I was in a Guild and we raided 5 days a week from 22:00 to 00:30. We were not very successful, but we were serious, and one was expected to show up for the raid with full stacks of consumables and having read/watched the guide to the bosses.

 

Eventually I simply decided it was taking up too much of my time and depriving me of sleep I needed if I was to get up early to go to work the next day (I also didn't really like the direction the plot was taking, with all the Horde leaders breaking bad and having to be taken down). I told my guild I was giving up raiding, but I'd still be around to help with dungeons and stuff, but for some reason, I just never logged back in to the game after that last raiding night. It was a clean break.

 

I don't know what you mainly got from the game, but tabletop RPGs like D&D and rogue-like computer games definitely scratch that itch for me and aren't so much of a time sink.

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I think I spent about 9 months playing it solidly for about 4-5 hours a day. I don't think I ever got too far, because I'm not a grindy player and just wanted to experience the world and all the sights. It was my first MMO experience and there was something really magical about those first few days playing, like it was a whole new thing that could really suck me in.

But then I realised that I was either going to take it too seriously and lose my actual social life, or I would play it incredibly casually to the point of not making any progress.. so I just ditched it. I'm really glad I did. This was probably about Frozen Throne time and I check the WoW news every now and again to see how the game is doing, and by all accounts its a rocky ride. 

I often fantasise about starting it up again, but I just have to adult these days and don't have time. Which is a good thing.

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WoW is the great game of my life.  I still maintain my sub though I don't often play.  I can't play everyday anymore so I can't keep up.  I still occasionally log in just to hear the ambient sounds and jump around doing a quest or two.  Last couple times I logged in it was very quiet.  It is sad because I do have a fairly significant emotional attachment to the game world.  There was a time when BlizzCon was my number one dream vacation trip.

Gameplay-wise, WoW is still overall the best out there.  I hope they get their shit together and can have some sort of resurgence.

I always played a ton of characters and would typically main one or two at a time.  Eventually my favorite classes settled as Rogue, Warlock and Hunter.  I also enjoyed DK and Mage.  I like all of them to an extent.      

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I played waaay too much when I was an undergrad back in 2004-2006. Ended up main tanking an end game guild through to Naxx. All fell apart in TBC with the shift from 40 mans, and guild drama around the A and B teams.

I played a few more expansions with some friends after that. Always levelling to the new max level and running through the first few raids. Had close to 365 days /played last time I logged on to that warrior.

Still keep in touch with some of the friends I made back those days. 

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I was serious at it for the PvP grind prior to tBC. Getting near... Grand Warlord or whatever the top Horde spot was taking 12-16 hours a day of constant Warsong Gulch.  Never really recovered from that and occasionally pop in for a month to see the story when I skip a couple expansions.  I found it hilarious that Game of Thrones essentially ripped off shot for shot Ysera getting turned evil in Legion.  Legion had decent storylines, the stuff since has been dogshit.  (To be honest the stuff prior was dogshit after Northrend anyways.)  Doubt I'll go back.

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